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Blog Tour: Every Father's Daughter Edited by Margaret McMullan


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Blog Tour and Book Giveaway: A North Shore Story by Dean Economos and Alyssa Machinis

A North Shore Story
By Dean Economos, Alyssa Machinis
Published on: 2016-01-19 Released on: 2016-01-19
Format: Kindle eBook

3 out of 5 stars

The first book of the year to be completed was A North ShoreStory. Even though I do not read a lot of YA books, I enjoyed reading this one.
Based in Chicago,A North Shore Storyillustrates the lives of a group of teenagers, who face with very adult situations.From the very beginning, I was fascinated with the lives of the church-going teenagers.Their maneuver through the labyrinth of life is quite intriguing to say the least.
Wrapped in a tangled web of lust, greed, deceit, and envy, each teenager has a secret that needs to be exposed.Taylor’s insecurity spirals down a path of tragedy.Michael’s taste of greed gives him unimaginable pleasure and satisfaction.Joseph’s infidelity proves to be more than a betrayal, but the beginning of his life changing forever.Kristin’s loyalty to her friend is truly unbelievable.All the teenagers, including Alexand…

Book Review: A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines

"I was crying." As I read the last sentence of A Lesson Before Dying, my heart ached for Jefferson, for Ms. Emma, for Reverend Ambrose, for the people in the quarter, for myself, for my children, for the world...

I started reading A Lesson Before Dyingto determine if I would use it for my class this summer.  I knew that this was a popular book.  However, I decided not to research about the book and just began with the first page. The first line started...
I WAS NOT THERE, yet I was there. Was Gaines predicting how I would feel once I read this book? I now know Gaines knew that I would feel this way.

Set in the 1940s, Gaines wrote about a common trend during this time.  A common trend of executing African Americans based on association and based on being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Similar to the story of George Stinney, Jr, Gaines followed Jefferson's life from the moment it took a drastic turn until the sealing of his demise.

Gaines ability to place you in t…

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Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Title:The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Paperback: 546 pages
Publisher: Harcourt (May 27, 2004)
Rating: 3 out of 5

I started reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" on my trip to Chattanooga, TN.  I was traveling in the early morning, so I did not read the summary nor the reviews on Scribd.  I chose the audiobook because of the cover.  The front cover includes an image of a little girl from the waist down. This little girl is standing in a grassy field, next to a man's worn shoes and clothing.  I do not know what I was expecting from the book, but this book was unlike anything that I have ever read. I was drawn to finish it.

Audrey Niffenegger writes a love story that makes you want to experience the complicated, but unconditional love of Henry and Clare.  The way that Henry and Clare are able maneuver through life, while dealing with Henry's genetic disorder that causes him to time travel, is amazing.  The unpredictability of Henry's time travel be…

Currently Reading: A North Shore Story

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